Astronomy concerns the origin, evolution, composition, distance, and motion of all bodies and matter in the universe and astrophysics unravels the physical properties and structure of all cosmic matter. (See related subject page on physics.) The School of Physics and Astronomy provides a list of current topics studied at the University of Minnesota.
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Catalogs and Bibliographies
Contains library records from catalogs all over the world. Useful for verifying title information and determining if other libraries in the area own a book.
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General Reference Sources
Atlases & Maps
Free Java applet that lets you use your web browser to see many types of astronomical information, in both graphical and numerical form. Sky View Café includes star charts, a 3-D orrery, displays of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, an astronomical event calendar, an ephemeris generator, and many other features.
American Men and Women of Science is a biographical dictionary of the significant players in the physical, biological, and related sciences. Each edition includes biographical entries on approximately 120,000 living scientists, providing birthdate; birthplace; field of specialty; education; honorary degrees; current position; professional and career information; awards; memberships; research information; and addresses for each entrant where available. This resource is part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library.
The American Astronomical Society (AAS), established 1899, is the major organization of professional astronomers in North America. The membership (~6,500) also includes physicists, mathematicians, geologists, engineers and others whose research interests lie within the broad spectrum of subjects now comprising contemporary astronomy.
A comprehensive online source for researching graduate programs in the physical sciences, Astronomy and related fields. The site provides resources for students (general advice on exams, admission process, tips on how to survive and prosper in graduate school, funding, graduate research resources, jobs and career information, etc.), and resources for academics (recruitment tools, funding, jobs, education and employment data: latest trends, etc.)
The member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) are professional astronomers all over the world, at the Ph.D. level and beyond, and active in professional research and education in astronomy. As of September 2006, the IAU has 9,783 Individual Members in 87 countries worldwide. Of those 64 are National Members.
Handbooks and Manuals
This book is a compendium of mathematical formulas, tables, and graphs, a table of analytical integrals, differential equations, and numerical series; and includes tables of trigonometric and hyperbolic functions, tables for numerical integration, rules for differentiation and integration, and techniques for point interpolation and function approximation.
Gateways & Megasites
The Portal to the Universe provides a global portal for online astronomy content, serving as an index and aggregator. The site itself features news, blogs, video podcasts, audio podcasts, images, videos and more. Web 2.0 collaborative tools, such as the ranking of different services according to popularity, help the user to sift constructively through the wealth of information available and will promote interactions within the astronomy multimedia community. A range of “widgets” (small applications) have also been developed to tap into all sorts of existing “live data”, such as near-live pictures of the Sun, live positions of spacecraft or live observations from telescopes.
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Electronic Journal Titles
Statistics and Data
The Astronomical Applications Department of the U.S. Naval Observatory provides authoritative products - almanacs, software, and web services - and precise astronomical data - Sun and Moon rise and set times, Moon phases, eclipses, seasons, positions of solar system objects, and other data.
Style Manuals and Writing Guides
RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).
In addition to presenting methods for writing clearly and concisely and improving oral presentations, this compact book provides practical guidelines for preparing theses, dissertations, journal papers for publication, and proposals for research funding. Issues of authorship, peer review, plagiarism, record keeping, and copyright are addressed in detail, and case studies of research misconduct are presented to highlight the need for proactive attention to scientific integrity.
The main goal is to improve the oral communication skills of undergraduate mathematics and related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) students. To achieve these goals, the project developed a series of video vignettes that portray student-actors presenting a small portion of mathematical talk, roughly 30-90 seconds in length. The videos are also freely available online at http://techspeaking.denison.edu/Technically_Speaking/Home.html.